Austria’s public transport is fast, efficient and comprehensive. ÖBB runs a punctual train network, which includes most towns of any size. All stations in cities and larger towns have left-luggage lockers. An Austria one-country pass with Eurail starts at €130 (3 days’ validity in 1 month; under-25s), though individual train prices, may be cheaper. From Vienna to Linz or Salzburg, it can be cheaper to travel on the privately operated Westbahn out of the Westbahnhof rather than on ÖBB trains from the Hauptbahnhof.

Even cheaper connections between major cities are offered by German budget bus company Flixbus, with Vienna–Graz from €9 and Vienna–Munich from €19.90. Remoter areas including the Alpine valleys are served by the ÖBB-owned Postbus. Daily and weekly regional travelcards (Netzkarte), covering both trains and buses, are available in many regions.

Austria is bike-friendly, with cycle lanes in all major towns, and sometimes between towns. Many train stations rent bikes for around €12 per day; Vienna and Innsbruck also have public bike rental networks.

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